In early 2006 it started with a love and enchantment of the beautiful Guatemalan clothing textiles, combined with a desire to give back to the amazing Mayan community that so lovingly creates these works of art, which has resulted in Ixchel Textiles.
Our ‘store’ serves two purposes. First, as a place where the these unique textiles can be purchased for wear, display, or just to enjoy. Secondly, as a growing online collection catalog as a reference for us and others that appreciate these works of art, to see the many different designs and styles from many of the numerous regions of Guatemala.
It is only appropriate that the proceeds from the sale of these stunning items be returned to the people from which they came. We do so in our assistance through the organization Mayan Families. This assistance includes school sponsorships, family support, and weaving classes for young girls in an effort to keep the weaving tradition alive for future generations.
We are not professional textile appraisers or experts, but we have learned much from living in Guatemala and working with the Maya people. The information that we have is ‘direct from the source’. We hope you enjoy these beautiful items as much as we do!
A note about our items:
The textiles that we purchase come directly from the women that make or wear these items and that they are made with the intent to be worn and be pleasing to their owner. They are not created with ‘textbook’ or ‘historical’ patterns and designs in mind. The designs are what the women like, and not always what has been designated as specific for a region. Mostly, they reflect the regions from where they come, but often there are influences from surrounding areas, designs and textures that the women have seen and liked, that are incorporated into the garments. This is what makes these garments one-of-a-kind and beautifully unique!
Please note that these items are previously worn and loved and will have imperfections such as minor flaws in the weaving, possible minor or faint staining, discolorations, color bleeding, or areas wear and/or repair. We try to point out any large or obvious imperfections but may not be able to make mention of all. Please look at all the photos provided (usually there are numerous, and we can always provide more) and ask any questions that you might have to ensure you will be satisfied with your purchase. If you are looking for items that are pristine or new, these will not fit the bill. These are full of the spirit of the lives they have touched and often times show it!
2016 Shipping Details:
A little history . . . on Monday, May 16th 2016 we were surprised with the sudden and unannounced closure of the Guatemalan Postal System, when they shut their doors for good at noon that day. We discovered that the privatized postal system that had been operating in the country for 10+ years had not had their contract renewed by the Guatemalan government since 2014. Due to the lack of a formal contract, they decided to close up business and let go of a majority of their employees.
The country was shocked, surprised and up in arms over the closure and suddenly talks were underway. After a week without a national postal system, El Correo (Guatemalan Post) reopened their doors on Monday, May 23rd 2016 with business as usual for a period of 90 days (albeit reduced staff), until the Guatemalan government either renews their contract to provide national mail service or finds an alternative to the private company that was (and is currently) providing national mail service.
At Ixchel Textiles, we value each and every one of our customers and we work hard to provide secure and affordable shipping options for your purchases. We will provide the best prices possible and ensure that each package arrives at its final destination. We are currently once again working with El Correo until a time that we feel that we have a better alternative or do not feel secure in the safe arrival of purchases. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.